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A Simple Amish Christmas

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

A great read!

Annie Weaver couldn't seem to hold a job in her small Amish community and she refused every beau who wanted to court her. Her family sent her off to live with her aunt in the city for her rumschpringe - the time an Amish young person has before they officially join the ...
Annie Weaver couldn't seem to hold a job in her small Amish community and she refused every beau who wanted to court her. Her family sent her off to live with her aunt in the city for her rumschpringe - the time an Amish young person has before they officially join the church. She lives with her aunt in the city for three years, where she studies and becomes a registered nurse. She loves taking care of the children in the hospital, but yearns for home as bouts of homesickness take their toll on her. When she receives the call that her father has been injured and she is needed at home, she immediately returns. She fears that they may not accept her and the education that she's received, since it's against their Amish ways.

Will her family and community understand that she's found what she believes God has called her to do? Will her church allow her to use her nursing skills to help those in need? When will she have the nerve to tell them?

She's now twenty years old and many young ladies her age are already courting, married, and some even already have bopplin (babies). Even though she knows home is where she belongs, she feels a bit out of place at times; but all seems right with the world when she's helping those who need her. When Samuel Yoder, the man the Amish community goes to for their minor health needs, sees her as the flighty young girl who left years ago and doubts her ability to care for her father, she gets angry, but neglects to tell him she's a qualified nurse. Even though he only gives minor care and is quick to refer them to a medical doctor, he sees her as incapable of this task. He's cranky, stoic, and not pleasant to be around. He cut himself off from enjoying life when a tragedy stole his wife and young child from him in a buggy/car accident. But when Samuel sees Annie as all grown up, will his heart begin to thaw? Will God help him get past his misguided guilt and heal his damaged heart? What about David, the hired hand, who obviously has feelings for Annie as well?

Annie has decisions to make. Will she be able to find the peace she is seeking back home in her community? Will she find the true love of her life? And will she find her answers in the simple Amish Christmas she's been longing for again?

I invite you to visit the quaint Amish community in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, to find out the answers. This is a warm, loving community where one can clearly see God at work healing bodies, hearts, minds, and souls. I enjoyed reading this book and hope that Vannetta will be writing more about the characters introduced in this story.

posted by Susan_Hollaway on August 31, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Great Read

Love a good Christmas read, this one was great! Will read more from this author.

posted by NookLuvR on May 13, 2012

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

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    Great Read

    Love a good Christmas read, this one was great! Will read more from this author.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Sweet and charming

    Interesting Amish facts. Loving and loveable characters. Love story predictable but sweet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Simple, sweet story

    Simple, sweet story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    God works all things out for our good

    Heart warming

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    A good book.

    I find it interesting to read about different cultures within my own country and this book was an intetesting glimps into an amish world. I would recommend and will be looking for more by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    GOOD, BUT SLOW AND PREDICTABLE

    A good, but slow and predicrable read. I would try another of her books; but not right away.

    MCELWOLF

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Good Clean Story

    I love reading Amish fiction. Very sweet story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    OK

    not bad; sorta slow pace!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Not enough

    Not a good ending. Just left the story hanging there

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Good read

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